From floats to boats, there’s something for everyone this Fourth of July _lowres

Advocate file photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Patrons participate in the annual False River Boat Parade in 2014 in New Roads.

Family fun in Plaquemine, New Roads

Plenty of family activities are on hand for Plaquemine’s 16th annual July 4th Hometown Celebration.

The free celebration will be held at the Mark “Tony” Gulotta Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park with a host of activities kicking off at 3 p.m.

Activities at the Waterfront Park will start with live music from Box of Crackers with kids’ games and rides, arts and crafts booths, food and drink vendors all opening at 5 p.m.

The Eddie Smith Band will provide music and dancing on the bayou boardwalk until 9 p.m.

The annual boat parade will sail into the Waterfront Park around 5:50 p.m. And a brief ceremony honoring the military veterans serving as the boat parade’s grand marshals will take place at 6 p.m.

The festivities will end at 9 p.m. with a dramatic fireworks display.

No ice chests, tents, fireworks or pets are allowed at the Waterfront Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Over in New Roads, the city will host the annual Music Festival and Fourth of July Boat Parade on False River on Sunday and Monday.

This year’s celebration also will feature the Freedom Fest Triathlons, Duathlon and Fun Run on Sunday.

The family-oriented races will kick off the two days of activities at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Morrison Parkway. To register, visit

The annual Music Festival is set Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Town Square, directly across from New Roads City Hall.

A free fireworks show is scheduled at 9:45 p.m. Sunday at Morrison Parkway.

The Fourth of July Boat Parade on False River will sail at 1 p.m. Monday. This year’s theme is “American Heroes,” and awards will be given to the best decorated boats.

For more information, call Betty Fontaine in City Hall at (225) 638-5360.

Logo contest deadline

White Castle Mayor Gerald Jermarr Williams has launched an art contest giving area youth the opportunity to design a logo for the Downtown Festival in White Castle taking place Aug. 20.

The logo design should focus on White Castle’s uniqueness and cultural diversity. The competition will give youth the chance to help shape the visual identity of White Castle’s downtown area.

The design should be recognizable, distinct and mimic the town’s landscape.

The Town Council soon will adopt a resolution naming the area The White Castle Downtown District, the mayor has said.

First-, second- and third-place honors will be awarded. Categories for participation are 6-9 years old, 10-13 and 14-18.

Registration forms are available at the Mayor’s Office. The deadline for submissions is Thursday.

Ministry hosts school event

Lead the Way Outreach Ministry will host a back-to-school giveaway for less-fortunate children in Plaquemine on July 16.

The giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Auto King Muffler shop across from Jubilee Convenient Store.

The group will be distributing school supplies, clothes for boys and girls, shoes and hygiene products. Refreshments will be served.

Anyone who would like to donate or volunteer for the event is asked to contact Tiffany Seals at (225) 716-1795, Georgia Brown at (225) 385-1745, Cheryl Brown at (225) 716-2914 or Justen Richardson at (225) 803-0499.

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